Jim Ragsdale

State Capitol reporter | Minnesota state government/politics
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Jim Ragsdale covers Minnesota state government and politics.

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Minnesota House abandons plans to vote on gun legislation this year

“Neither side has been willing to come to an agreement,” Speaker Thissen said as to why expanded background checks and...

Updated: May 02, 2013, - 12:13 AM

House OKs $15B education bill with free all-day kindergarten

The Minnesota House decided to make early-childhood education programs more affordable, to pump more money into K-12 classrooms and to eliminate testing requirements for graduation. ­

Updated: April 23, 2013, - 09:48 PM

Ex-felon employment bill approved by Minnesota Senate

The bipartisan measure would bar employers in Minnesota from asking about criminal convictions on initial applications.

Updated: April 20, 2013, - 06:41 PM

Fight builds at Legislature to scrap tests to graduate

Business groups defend minimum score to graduate.

Updated: April 17, 2013, - 11:23 AM

State seeking Plan B for e-pulltabs, Vikings stadium funding

Electronic gambling hasn’t taken off, so legislators consider a tax on sports memorabilia and jerseys to fund share of Vikings...

Updated: April 10, 2013, - 11:17 PM

Push on in Minnesota Legislature for education funding

From preschool to college, changes would be far-reaching.

Updated: April 01, 2013, - 11:18 PM

March 27: Dayton: We’ll fix Vikings stadium financing

Governor said it is too soon to panic about whether the electronic games will cover the state’s share of the...

Updated: March 27, 2013, - 08:39 AM

Minnesota judge OKs new social studies standards

Minnesota curriculum plan was challenged as “anti-American,” but judge found it reasonable.

Updated: March 24, 2013, - 07:39 PM

House committee passes stripped-down gun background checks bill

The House measure would extend background checks only to private sales that are made at gun shows.

Updated: March 21, 2013, - 09:58 PM

Divided DFL stalls universal background checks

DFL legislators who represent urban areas are a world apart from those who hail from rural parts.

Updated: March 20, 2013, - 10:39 PM

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